On The organic development of Civil Society and economic life in Tunisia : Rebel Economy interviews Monica Marks

On The organic development of Civil Society and economic life in Tunisia : Rebel Economy interviews Monica Marks

An excellent article discussing the development of civil society and economic life  in post revolutionary Tunisia from the Egyptian blog Rebel Economy

It is important to note that when observers (particularly foreign observers) characterize pre-revolutionary Tunisia as socially ‘liberal,’ they are often basing this on two simple factors: (1) Tunisia’s post-independence leaders (Bourguiba and Ben Ali) are almost always described as ‘secularists’, and (2) Tunisia’s 1956 Personal Status Code, which is still in effect, granted women more rights than elsewhere in the MENA region and included the Arab world’s only prohibition on polygamy. Taken together, these factors—the secularism of state leaders and women’s advanced legal status—are often enough to prompt commentators to call Tunisia’s society and pre-revolutionary government ‘liberal.

For the complete article and a link to Rebel Economy click the link above.

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